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  • 11 Aug 2017 11:18 AM | Simon Fleming

    Congratulations to A/Prof Igor Aharonovich (UTS) and Dr Mohsen Rahmani (ANU) for winning The Young Scientist Award of the Year 2017 for the Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics (C17), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)!

    Igor was awarded for the Applied Aspects and Mohsen for the Fundamental Aspects, respectively. Find more from the Official Announcement.

  • 06 Dec 2016 9:20 PM | Simon Fleming

    At the Annual General Meeting of the AOS on 5th December 2016 two Councillors retired, and two new Councillors were elected.

    We say goodbye to Anne Roberts, who was the last Past President, and Maryanne Large, and thank them for the very valuable contributions to the AOS.

    We welcome Daniel Gomez, from RMIT, and Frederique Vanholsbeeck, from Auckland.

    Stephen Collins moves to Past President, Simon Fleming to President, and John Harvey was elected to Vice President.

    For more detail see Council.

  • 14 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Simon Fleming

    At an e-meeting in October 2016 the Council has discussed and agreed upon a Policy on Equity and Diversity, which begins by noting “The Australian Optical Society (AOS) is committed to the principles of equity and diversity. These principles are integral to our desire to promote excellence and fairness, and to encourage interest in optics across the community.” and stating “conferences and events associated with the AOS must also be run according to these principles.”. Similar policies have been adopted by other professional societies. Further details can be found at Equity and Diversity Policy

  • 19 Jun 2016 9:00 PM | Simon Fleming

    It is with great sadness that we notify you of John Love’s passing today at 6:45am on 19 June 2016. He was surrounded by loving friends in Canberra hospital on his last day.

    Born in England 2nd October 1942, John Love was a Life Member of the Australian Optical Society and winner of the prestigious Beattie Steel medal. His career in optics and photonics began when he arrived in Australia in 1973. Over the following forty plus years he made a major impact on the field. He is widely known for the definitive textbook, Optical Waveguide Theory, with 5500 citations and translated into Russian and Chinese. John was an enthusiastic champion of many important research and educational initiatives in Australia, including being a stalwart of the ACOFT conference, the world’s second longest running photonics conference. He also leaves a much more direct and personal impact on the very many students and young academics he mentored, who will remember him with love and respect, especially for how generous he was with his time and knowledge.

    Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised, although anticipated to be in approx. a week’s time. For notification of details please contact either Susan ( or Lin (

    (Photo by kind permission of the Australian National University)

  • 23 May 2016 11:00 AM | Simon Fleming

    The AOS is delighted that two of our Councillors, Professors Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Benjamin Eggleton, have been made Fellows of the AAS.

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